Knowing what to do on each path isn’t really the hardest part of growth. The hardest part is giving yourself permission… to risk questioning, doubting, bucking the status quo. And doing it all with skill and intention.
If you're feeling resistance to the exercises on the previous page, there’s a reason. Perhaps you don’t know how. Or maybe you don’t know why these types of questions and exercises are not only important, but critical to becoming more your true self. Or maybe it’s simple fear.
You move in the world, and in your relationships with a sort of silent contract. You be this way, and I’ll be that way. Rocking that boat by changing is risky.
But then again… not changing is even more risky, isn’t it?
Mediocrity. Conforming. Oppression. Pretending. These are the real risks, aren’t they?
I get it though. Saying one thing is scarier than another doesn’t really solve the problem of the moment. So I’m working on two short courses, Permission to Wander & Wandering with Intention to help you answer the questions—
• How do I overcome the fear that if I change or really show who I am and what I think, I’ll lose friends, love, or status?
• Why should I invest this much time and effort on myself; isn’t that selfish?
• Why is seeking growth so vital to my identity and happiness in life?
• HOW do I do it?
Life is agonizing. Growth is complicated. Seeing the joy and finding the meaning in it all takes patience and deliberate steps. Checking out is easy, but there's no meaning there. Checking in is easy too if you know it's going to be worth it.
It so is.